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A national approach to digital library development

  1. 1. A national approach to digital library development: The case of the National Digital Library of Latvia Uldis Zarins Head of Digital Library National Library of Latvia Vilnius, 24.11.2011
  2. 2. Possible approaches <ul><li>Digitisation on institutional level </li></ul><ul><li>Topic based digitisation </li></ul><ul><li>Project based digitisation </li></ul><ul><li>Digitisation on sectoral level </li></ul><ul><li>Digitisation on national level </li></ul>
  3. 3. Bacground <ul><li>Digital collections since 1999 </li></ul><ul><li>Archive, Library, Museum digitisation program from 2002 to 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>National Digital Library program since 2006 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>DOM platform </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digitisation guidelines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pilot projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No governance model </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Status quo <ul><li>No governance of digitisation </li></ul><ul><li>No state digitisation strategy </li></ul><ul><li>No budget for digitisation </li></ul><ul><li>Project based development </li></ul><ul><li>DOM, NMKK, VAIS, KK platforms </li></ul><ul><li>No common standards </li></ul>
  5. 5. Lessons learned <ul><li>Central governance is crucial </li></ul><ul><li>One size fits all solutions don’t work </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Different metadata and standards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Different institutional interests </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Different views on digitisation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Different competence and resources </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Towards national approach <ul><li>Evaluation of efforts </li></ul><ul><li>Internal brainstorming </li></ul><ul><li>External discussions </li></ul><ul><li>Drafting of business and IT architekture </li></ul><ul><li>Drafting of national strategy </li></ul>
  7. 7. Technical level <ul><li>Shared infrastructure </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For digitisation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For long term preservation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For access </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For participation in international projects </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Knowledge level <ul><li>Common authority files </li></ul><ul><li>Common metadata schemas </li></ul><ul><li>Common digitisation standarts </li></ul><ul><li>Shared centres of competence </li></ul>
  9. 9. Governance level <ul><li>Common funding </li></ul><ul><li>Scope of content </li></ul><ul><li>Coordination of priorities </li></ul><ul><li>Deduplication of efforts </li></ul>
  10. 10. Prerequisites <ul><li>National strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Political support </li></ul><ul><li>Budget </li></ul><ul><li>Common goals </li></ul>
  11. 11. Threats <ul><li>No political support </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Narrowmindedness </li></ul>
  12. 12. Questions? <ul><li>Thank you! </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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